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Hispanic Heritage & Red Meats

The Hispanic Heritage Month in Central Florida, encourages the Hispanic community to celebrate their roots, music, food and family traditions. Although Hispanic influence shines all year round, this is a time when the community unites and celebrate their past, present and plan the future.

This is also a time to start a conversation about Hispanic Heritage and Health. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently reported that Cancer, Heart Disease, Stroke and Diabetes are among the top 5 causes of death among the 54 million Hispanics living in the US. Scientist continue to debate how much of the cause is genetic (family history) or environmental (diet, lifestyle).

La Red Hispana recently shared an article on the latest alert against red meat consumption.

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We all know that a balanced diet is essential for good health, physical and mental. A proper ratio of protein, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables are the backbone of a healthy life, especially because Hispanics are prone to chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension, which are complicated by obesity and lack of physical activity.

A new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) caused great international attention this week by declaring red meat or pork-- -livestock to processed meats like ham - sausage and sausage-like Carcinogenic potential, especially colon cancer and stomach.

Although the panel's conclusions were not unanimous among members of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, it is important to reflect on its findings, in order to avoid unnecessary health risks caused by a disproportionate consumption of processed meat products.

By the time the guidelines do not accurately establish an acceptable amount for daily intake of red meat, processed foods and meats, but common sense suggests that eating daily is not a good idea. There are many varieties of white meat such as chicken or fish, such as tuna, with equivalent nutritional value.

As science clarifies all the questions that have been generated by the OMS study, the ancestral remains valid recommendation to bring a "balance" in our food and in our physical activity.

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